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27 September 2016

Ghana Civil Aviation bans the use of Samsung Note 7 on aircrafts

galaxyThe Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has banned the use of Samsung Note 7 on aircrafts at the Kotoka International Airport.

The GCAA is directing all passengers and cabin crew in possession of the device not to turn them on or charge them onboard any aircraft.

In a press release Monday, the Authority gave a directive to the effect that “passengers and crew are also hereby prohibited from stowing these devices in any checked baggage, even when turned off.”

In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, thus GCAA’s directive.

The Authority said “Pursuant to the powers conferred on the Director-General by section 9 of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Act  2014, Act 678, (as amended by section 3 of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority Act (Amendment) Act 2015, Act 9060 this directive is hereby made to take immediate effect from the date of this publication.”

The US Federal Aviation Administration has issued a similar warning on Saturday after Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia restricted the use Samsung Note 7 in their aircrafts.

The leading smartphone company announced on September 2 that it has recalled at least 2.5 million units of the flagship smartphone from 10 markets due to faulty battery causing the phones to catch fire while charging. It also offered full refunds or replacement devices fitted with safe batteries.

According to the GCAA, this directive shall form part of the safety briefing to passengers on board all airlines operating in Ghana, and operating into and out of the country until further notice.

 

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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